North (near Tanzania)
Small holder plots in the surrounding region
Some washed on site & some washed & [all] dried at a centralised washing station called Chanya
All around 1423 metres above sea level
Nyika varietal (Catimor-129) and a small amount of wild geisha
Washed for 12-48 hours depending on the station, sun dried collectively for 2 weeks
Farm: 83 small producers
Mill: Mzuzu Co Operative
Interesting varietal and terroir mix, typical African fragrance and aroma of spices and intense florals. However the taste is less acidic than expected and tastes more complex and melon & candy-like reminiscent of a Central American Bourbon or Pacas. Really well balanced and cools well.
What we paid (AUD): 12.44/kg via MTC Sucafina Group.
From MTC Group
Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union Limited is a farmer owned Organization with 2,600 farmers of which 26% are women. Chanya is one of the 19 washing stations in Misuku Primary Cooperative Society. It has a total of 83 farmers (70 men and 13 women).
The Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union is located in the mountains of Malawi, overlooking Lake Malawi backed by forests and surrounded by wildlife and beautiful views. Their skillful harvesting and processing ensure that their coffee’s full characteristics are unveiled.
Their aim is that every smallholder coffee farming family should have good living conditions, food security, adequate warmth and access to good quality education. Mzuzu farmers have received training and support to move away from a mono-crop coffee culture. Now are proud to be growing shade-grown coffee on terraces with nitrogen-rich ground cover.
They produce their own organic, homemade fertilisers and composts with the aim of improving yields for the long-term.